Apology Not Accepted...

                                                        by Gerald A. Honigman



     Ex-President Jimmy Carter has recently asked Jews for forgiveness.

     Among his other sources of conflict with members of the Tribe are his persistently, one-sided takes on Arab-Israeli issues culminating in his book equating Israel with the former apartheid regime of South Africa.

     Carter claims that the fact that his grandson is now running for office in their home state of Georgia has nothing to do with his apology. He states that Jews only make up 2% of the county where his grandson lives--about the same percent that Jews make up in the nation at large--and so uses this as further evidence of the integrity of his intentions.


     Now, before I go any further, let me say that I voted for Carter in the '70s.

     I liked his approach to environmental concerns. I believed  that, given the way man has trashed this planet, any further mistakes--if they had to be made--needed to be on the side of caution and sane conservation.

     For a number of reasons--especially after the Iran fiasco--I soon came to regret my decision.

    I'll never forget watching the Democrat National Convention on television a while back, and watching Carter chasing after that other hero of the Arabs, general anti-Semites, and the ultra left.

     Yes, there was Mr. "Apartheid Israel" kissing the derriere of his Hollywood producer comrade, Michael "Israel is one of the three top evils in the world" Moore.

    Birds of a feather, peas of the same pod, and so forth.

    Like other Gentile politicos, the Democrat, Carter,  has received millions of  dollars from Arabs for his help in demonizing Israel and Jews. Ex-Secretary of State James f_ _ _ the Jews, they don't vote for us anyway Baker III, a Republican, is his worthy counterpart. Both have plenty of company.

     Well, I have a way Jimmy can put this all to rest...sort of.

     Since he is a man of the world whose books do indeed reach millions and influence world opinion, I have a new assignment for him--one which he should not have had me have to assign to him.

     After all, for decades now, if Israel took one too many breaths, he was there to investigate, criticize, and dissect it under the high power lens of moral scrutiny. Most often, his critiques were given little or no context whatsoever. Jewish victims were constantly blamed themselves when issues such as blown buses, checkpoints, the security barrier, and such were discussed. Constantly, Arabs were given a virtual free pass in Carter's assessments.

     While constantly indulging in such hypocrisy, Carter acted deaf, dumb, and blind regarding what was happening in the region surrounding the nation of the Jews--his perpetually favorite target.

     So, since he couldn't figure out that he needed to do this himself, here's his assignment. If he completes it, his words of apology to Jews might gain some credibility.

     Jimmy, your first task is to travel to re-visit your friend, Bashar al-Assad, the butcher of Damascus and author of the "Hama Solution's" son, in Syria.

     I'm sure that the last time you guys met, the word "Kurd" never left your lips...while you were discussing mutual disgust regarding the nation of the Jews.

     So, since you worry so much about Arab rights and conditions--which are harmed precisely because they want that tiny, sole nation of the Jews dead--you must now, at long last, demand that "Arab" Syria stop murdering and subjugating its millions of Kurds. The latter are not even allowed to speak their own language, have been forcibly Arabized for decades--yet I don't recall a peep about their plight ever being uttered from your lips. Only America's toppling of Saddam changed things for the better for "Arab" Iraq's millions of Kurds. Again, not a peep out of you about them, nor concern over their brethren in the Turkish and Iranian portions of Kurdistan either...some thirty five million perpetually used and abused stateless people. Why hasn't their plight caught your attention?

     The second part of your assignment will take you to "Arab" North Africa.

     Since you are allegedly so concerned about human rights, you will finally have to break your troubling silence about the plight of another truly stateless people (Arabs have almost two dozen states; "Palestinians"--no matter how you define them--are Arabs), the thirty million or so Imazhigen/Berbers, who predate their Arab conquerors by millennia and who, like the Kurds, have had their own language and culture outlawed by Arabs and who have been murdered if they have resisted. All of these things are happening in the here and now. Amazigh parents being told they must name their children with Arab names and other such goodies.

     Why the silence?

     If this was Israel doing one tenth of this , you'd be writing another book about those nasty Jews.

     Okay, moving on.

     Your next assignment has you moving just a bit south and east into the Sudan.

     While Darfur in the west has been making the news of late, the forced Arabization of the south by the north has been going on for centuries and exploded once again in the '60s.

     Where has Carter been while this Arab enslavement, genocide, and such against black Africans (and  not only in the Sudan) has been going on? And, unlike the most of the south, the blacks in Darfur are also Muslims...so, this goes beyond a religious jihad and truly involves Arab racism, pure and simple. Many quotes from black victims have testified to this.

     And where has he been when millions of native Copts in "Arab" Egypt suffered this same subjugation, intimidation, Arabization, murder, and such? Or regarding the plight of the Middle East's native Jews-- those whom Arabs call "their" kilab yahud...Jew Dogs. One half of Israel consists of such Jews from "Arab" lands...the other half of the refugee problem Carter doesn't seem to know or care  about.

     Alright...it's time to bring this to an end.

     So, here's the deal, Mr. Carter...

     Write your book and give your speeches and write your articles taking Arabs to task for the crimes they have committed against everyone else in the region besides themselves--real crimes, not measures Israel has been forced to take to merely survive Arab slaughter--and those Jews who care (many don't, so they will support you right now) will take you seriously.

Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the world. His official website is: http://www.geraldahonigman.com/

Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.